From an exclusive exhibition to breaking your fast at one of the largest Ramadan tent in the city…

Counting down to the weekend so you can fill it with fun stuff? We hear you!

From breaking your fast at the largest Ramadan tent in the city to a gala screening of Aladdin, there’s something to do every day over the weekend here in the capital.

Here are 6 things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend.   

Thursday, May 23

1. Do some good: Gala screening of Aladdin

A special screening of the Disney remake of the 1992 animated film, Aladdin will take place on Thursday May 23 where the ticket sales proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish Foundation. The money raised by UAE residents will help give magical memories for families with children who are fighting a life-threatening medical condition. Tickets can be purchased here and the movie will be screened at VOX Cinemas in Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi. The dress code for the occasion is either Gala or National dress.

Vox Cinemas, Yas Mall, Abu Dhabi, 9pm on May 23, Dhs100 per ticket and includes drink and popcorn, Tel: (600) 599 905, 

2. Check out an exclusive Ramadan exhibition

The Galleria Al Maryah Island is devoting this year’s Holy Month to the Year of Tolerance with a never-before-seen photography exhibition. The mall has teamed up with the National Archive to put on an incredible exhibition that is available for public viewing during The Galleria’s operating hours. The collection you will see spans more than two decades from 1965 to 1990, and highlights the fundamental values of the Year of Tolerance such as the spirit of coexistence among all cultures.

The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Al Falah Street, Abu Dhabi, 10am to midnight on Thur, noon to midnight on Fri, 10am to 10pm Sat to Wed, Tel: (02) 616 6999

Friday, May 24

3. Celebrate iftar at Bab Al Qasr

Break your fast at one of the largest Ramadan tents in the city. The Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences is famed for its glassed tile floor and Arabesque décor, and its daily gourmet iftar buffet features an assortment of authentic and traditional Arabic and international delicacies complete with live cooking stations, Arabic sweets, and desserts including freshly baked kunafa.

Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences, sunset to 9pm, Dhs180 (iftar), Dhs100 minimum spend (suhoor). Tel: (02) 205 3026.

4. Bounce your way to fitness

Been to too many iftars or suhoors this year and want to get back in shape? Well, you’re in luck because Bounce Fit has an offer you can’t refuse. The bouncy fitness spot has just added new annual and six-month memberships, so you can trampoline your way to good health. Described by NASA as “the most effective form of exercise known to man”, Bounce Fit’s rebound exercise program is a high-intensity, low-impact cardio workout that burns up to 1000 calories per hour. You’ll work every muscle in your body as you jump, stretch and bounce along to a pumping soundtrack.

Bounce, Marina Mall, Al Marina, Abu Dhabi, 1, 12-month membership, Dhs199 per month; six-month membership, Dhs249 per month.

Saturday, May 25

5. Is your dog a reading dog? Have him assessed!


Dog owners, have you heard of Reading Dogs? If you haven’t, it’s an organisation that will have kids read to your dog. The process will, in turn, help them the little ones relax, open up, try harder and have fun while reading. The team will only begin visiting schools, nurseries and homes in September, but if you think your pup has what it takes to be a good reading dog, have him tested by the Reading Dogs team at the assessment day on Saturday. Check if your dog is a suitable candidate here by clicking on ‘helpful sheet’ before registering them. The venue is private so be sure to email the team at to receive the location.

Reading Dogs, Abu Dhabi, location to be revealed to you upon registration, Tel: (052) 908 6569,

6. Check out a Lourve exhibition

Head to the Louve Abu Dhabi and check out the Animals: Between Real and Imaginary exhibition that explores how animals have been represented creatively throughout art history from all eras and regions. You will see a variety of materials and techniques used by artists to represent not just real but imaginary animals as well. There is also a workshop entitled ‘Animal Footprints’ running until 30 June 2019, which allow children to follow the footprints of the animals included in the exhibition and discover their meaning and the power of their representation in art.

Louvre Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat Island, exhibit runs until July, 10am to 8pm Sat to Wed, 10am to 10pm Thur and Fri, Tel: (600) 565 566,

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